Talmud to Tik: Iraqi Jewish Heritage Day

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by

JMM Insights: November 2017

On October 15th the Jewish Museum of Maryland opened our latest exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. We have held six public programs in connection with the exhibit in its first month, averaging an audience of 75+ for each event. However our biggest program is yet to come. I have asked Trillion to outline the festivities we have planned for the first Sunday in December. 



Talmud to Tik: Iraqi Jewish Heritage Day is a full day celebration of the rich culture developed by the Jewish community in Iraq and preserved by their descendants across the globe.  I believe our guests will find something suitable for all ages and all tastes and that we will enable greater Baltimore to make a personal connection with that culture.

What can you expect on the day? Here are some of the highlights.

Rabbi Haim Ovadia will be joining us from Washington, DC to perform two concerts that will explore the origins and diversity of Jewish Iraqi music. The morning concert at 11am will be especially designed for kids and families, while the afternoon concert at 2 pm is for everyone.

Feel like dancing?  Enjoy and learn some of the traditional dances of the Iraqi Jewish community with the Silk Road Dance Company. This troop of dancers will actually put on three different performances on the 3rd, starting at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 pm.

If there is music and dance, can food be far behind?  Get a real taste of Iraqi Jewish culture, literally. Jackie Feldman of Sephardic Jews in DC, will lead a workshop making Baharat, a spice mixture eaten across the Middle East which is a critical building block for most Iraqi Jewish recipes. This tasty mixture can be taken home and combined into a variety of delicious recipes.

And one more treat for our youngest visitors.  We will also be joined by Violet Battat, representing SHIN DC who will be offering a special Jewish Iraqi story times. Violet will share with us stories passed down through her family, combined with singing and an exploration of Iraq. These sessions are specially designed for children aged 3 to 7 though the young at heart are also welcome.

If that isn’t enough we will also have several arts and crafts opportunities. Activities include making evil eye bracelets, decorating your own tik (the container traditionally used to hold an Iraqi Torah) and even making some delicious date balls to take home, or eat immediately, if you are feeling peckish!

The day is certain to be fun filled, we couldn’t have managed such an extravaganza were it not for the support of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

For more details or to buy your tickets please check our event page here. 

Hope to see you there.


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In Rehearsal for the Last Act

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by

September 17th at 2:00pm!

September 17th at 2:00pm!

How many of you have had a wedding rehearsal?  One last chance to argue about who comes in from the left and who from the right.  One last opportunity to size up the machutunim.

Well, the big day is approaching for Just Married! The exhibit takes its final vows on September 17th.  But before it goes off to wherever exhibits honeymoon, we have one final performance to share.  I know this not only because it’s on the JMM calendar, but also because I caught a snippet of the rehearsal for Stoop Story on Sunday.  If the bit I saw is indicative of the whole show, I think we have a real treat in store for you.

You won’t want to wait until the last minute to get tickets.  Seating is limited and everyone (including members) will need a ticket.

Hope to see you there.



Treasures from the collection!

Treasures from the collection!

A Wonderful Weddings Extra!
September 11 – 17th

For one week only we will have additional wedding dresses and wedding shoes on display in the JMM’s Anne Adalman Goodwin Memorial Library. Already seen Just Married!? We can guarantee you haven’t seen these!

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


JMM 1996.80.72

JMM 1996.80.72

A Bald Eagle on the Ketubah:
Jewish Marriage in Nineteenth Century America
Sunday, September 10th at 3:00pm*
Speaker: Laura Shaw Frank, University of Maryland
Reserve Your Tickets!

From its birth in 1776, America has been a nation that embedded political, cultural, and social ideals into its marriage laws and customs. More info.

*please note the later than usual start time for this program

Special lecture at Towson University

Special lecture at Towson University on September 12th

Being Educated in the Third Reich:
The Discovery of Nazi Textbooks
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Tamar Ketko
Free – Registration Required

Location: Room 4310, College of Liberal Arts, Towson University
251 University Avenue, Towson, MD   21252

In Germany, following WWII, it was illegal to be in possession of Nazi textbooks. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Ketko discovered stockpikles of Swaztika laden textbooks published between 1933 and 1945. She shares the secret of the success of Nazism based on those books, attempting to understand the sorcerous process that consumed millions of Germans. More info.

We love our volunteers!

We love our volunteers!

Get Discovered at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
Thursday, September 14th at 12:00pm
Register Here!

Know someone who would be a great JMM volunteer? Please share this event with them!


Get ready for wild wedding tales!

Get ready for wild wedding tales!

Stoop Storytelling Series Presents:
Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland – The Live Show!
Sunday, September, 17th at 2pm
Lloyd Street Synagogue
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $15 for members

This show marks the close of the museum’s exhibit Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland with an afternoon of true, personal stories about the wonder and wackiness of weddings, straight from the people who walked the aisle, said “I do” — and survived to tell the tale! More info.

Free Admission!

Free Admission!

Museum Day Live!
Sunday, September 24th, 10am – 5:00pm

Join us for a free day at the Museum!

Special lecture at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School

Special lecture at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School

To Protect and Serve? Dilemmas in Law Enformancement
Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm
Speakers: Marcus Appelbaum of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department
Free – Registration Required

Location: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School
7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Join us for a discussion with today’s law enforcement leaders to learn how Holocaust history is helping new recruits and veteran officers better understand their own professional and individual responsibilities. More info.

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Also of Interest

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Esther’s Place

Honey dishes and more!

Honey dishes and more!

As you prepare for your high holy days, keep Esther’s Place in mind! We have everything you need for your yuntive, from beautiful candle holders to whimsical or elegant honey dishes to fine or funky Kiddush cups. We even have shofarot, for those of you looking to bring in the new year with a blast!

Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits on display include Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Maryland, Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks


Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times


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Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers! Click Here to learn more.


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The Great Kugel Cook Off: Call for Entries

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by

Inspired by the success of our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage another culinary championship! This year’s star is everyone’s favorite Jewish side dish- Kugel!

Once again we invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search: The Great Kugel Cook Off of 2017!

We are now accepting entries on a first come, first served basis from amateur cooks throughout Maryland. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended. Registration will close at 10:00pm on Monday, October 2nd! Due to limited space we ask that individuals only enter one category. One place in each category will be held for entrants 16 years of age a younger who will be eligible to win a separate award.

>>Click Here to Enter!<<


The cook off will consist of three separate categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category plus an overall “Best Kugel” winner.

>Sweet – From Yerushalmi to Sweet Potato, these Kugels can be made with noodles, vegetables, or any other Kugel classics you can think of. Just make sure it hits the sweet spot and is good enough for dessert!

>Savory – Onion, Salt and Pepper, and Potato are some of the favorites in this category. Show us your Bubbie’s recipe or your own interpretations.

>Nontraditional– This category can include things like vegan or gluten free kugel but it also includes any type of unconventional kugel your mind can come up with.


>This competition is open to all amateur cooks residing in Maryland.

>One available space in each category will be reserved for an entrant under 16 years of age, if this place is not filled it will be offered to a cook on the waiting list.

>Each entrant should provide at least one 9” by 13” pan, or equivalent, of their kugel – the more you provide the better your chances of winning the People’s Choice Award.

>All kugel should be brought to the museum warm and ready to serve, electrical outlets are not available.

>All entrants should be in the museum by 12:30pm on the day of the competition, ready to serve by 1pm.

>Winners for each category, plus an overall winner, will be announced at 3pm.

>Entrants must stay with their kugel throughout the judging period to serve and answer questions.

>While there are no limits to creativity, we do ask that all kugels conform to kosher standards. This means that all kugels must be vegetarian (dairy or pareve) and only consist of kosher ingredients.


>Kugel Champion

>Best Sweet Kugel

>Best Savory Kugel

>Best Nontraditional Kugel

>Under 16 Champion

Questions? Contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443.873.5177 for more info.

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